Ref NoGB-110/JES/COR/11/92
TitleSamuel Goodenough, London, to James Edward Smith, Norwich, [Norfolk]
DescriptionImpossible to find one single person to fill all the roles [Jonas] Dryander performed, especially someone with knowledge of all Sir Joseph Banks' collections. Proposes [Thomas] Marsham as Dryander's replacement for vice-president of the Linnean Society, citing example of the Royal Society Treasurer who is always a vice-president. Thinks Smith's choice of [John] Symmons unsuitable as he has discontinued his attendance at the Linnean Society for years and no longer has a strong interest in natural history. Believes Marsham expects to be appointed.

Resolved a dispute between [William Elford] Leach and [William] Bullock [(fl 1790s-1840s)] at the Linnean Society, in part by giving a sketch of the origin of the Society, owing its stability to "never admitting society hunters, but only practical men who would have an interest in its welfare". One party wanted to propose a vote of censure and put it to the ballot on the same night, "quite illegal". The matter was settled after Leach wrote a letter of apology.
Date5 Dec 1810
Extent4 pp
Related MaterialFor letter of 17 November 1810 from Alexander Macleay [also spelt McLeay or M'Leay] to Smith on Leach-Bullock controversy, see JES/AM/59; for letter of 21 November 1810 from William George Maton to Smith, see JES/COR/24/11; for letter of 7 December 1810 from Smith to Goodenough on same, see JES/COR/11/93.
NotesSmith replied 7 [Dec 1810]
Publn_NoteSmith, P (ed.), (1832). "Memoir and correspondence of... Sir James Edward Smith" London: Longman, vol 1, pp.592-593.
Finding_AidsDawson, W R, (1934). "Catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of The Linnean Society - Part I. The Smith papers: The correspondence and miscellaneous papers of Sir James Edward Smith", London: Linnean Society.
Creator NameGoodenough, Samuel (1743-1827)
GB/110/1/35Goodenough; Samuel (1743-1827); Bishop of Carlisle1743-1827
GB/110/1/14Dryander; Jonas Carlsson (1748-1810); botanist and librarian1748-1810
GB/110/1/9Banks; Sir; Joseph (1743-1820); Baronet; Naturalist and patron of science1743-1820
GB/110/1/17Marsham; Thomas (? 1747-1819); entomolgist? 1747-1819
GB/110/1/99Leach; William Elford (1791-1836); naturalist1791-1836
GB/110/1/465Symmons; John (c 1745-c 1832); botanistc 1745-c 1832
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